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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
An indispensable resource for both the practising hypnotherapist and the student of hypnotherapy. Dr Hammond provides clear explanations and examples of how to form effective hypnotic and post-hypnotic suggestions, and follows this with practical suggestions and metaphors for a wide range of conditions and habit disorders, which every therapist can adapt to their own...
Published on 1 Mar 2000 by Ms J Brown

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10 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm....Okay, I guess
Now I dont mean to be harsh, but this book is ONLY for the student and doctor, NOT somone who is interested in it. Anyone who wants to know what to say will experiance a complte breakdown of the english language. Its annoying, but hey, perhaps Ill stop other people from making the same mistake.
Published on 21 May 2005 by Maureen Ashton


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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 1 Mar 2000
This review is from: Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors (Hardcover)
An indispensable resource for both the practising hypnotherapist and the student of hypnotherapy. Dr Hammond provides clear explanations and examples of how to form effective hypnotic and post-hypnotic suggestions, and follows this with practical suggestions and metaphors for a wide range of conditions and habit disorders, which every therapist can adapt to their own way of working. Definitely the most well-thumbed book on my bookshelf!
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - incredibly useful, 10 July 2003
This review is from: Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors (Hardcover)
As a Hypnotherapist, this is an excellent book, particularly if you are newly qualified. It is full of useful scripts and information about a wide variety of complaints. There is also a good deal of information about hypnosis and its clinical use.
I regularly consult this book when working with clients and have found it to be invaluable. There's a great technique for Arthritis that works a treat in here, to mention but one.
I am incredibly pleased with this book and think it's worth every penny I paid for it. I'd highly recommend it if you are looking for a good reference book with scripts and information about various problems you'll encounter.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!, 28 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors (Hardcover)
I discovered this book during my Clinical Hypnotherapy training and found it a wonderful tool. I've been in practice since 1992 and still refer to this manual for script ideas. Many of the suggestions can be used straight from the book, although I tend to modify and/or adapt them to suit my client's needs. It is an important part of my hypnotherapy library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful reference for hypnotherapists, 11 Feb 2008
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Laura De Giorgio "hypnotherapist" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors (Hardcover)
The book contains brief introduction to Ericksonian hypnotic language patterns / how to formulate hypnotic and posthypnotic suggestions with 14 major sections of short hypnotherapy scripts for dealing with just about any issue a hypnotherapist may encounter in practice.

Some of the sections are: pain management, self-esteem, anxiety, hypnosis for cancer patients, hypnosis for sleep disorders, hypnosis for addictions, weight loss, academic performance, and hypnosis for children.

While I do not recommend that you necessarily use the scripts verbatim as they are written, this book may serve as an invaluable resource for ideas and possible suggestions to help you in your work as hypnotherapist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I suggest that you may find this even more useful than you originally thought..., 18 Aug 2012
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Mark Stipanovsky (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors (Hardcover)
It has been said that hypnosis helps when all else has failed...

That hypnosis may "stop someone smoking in one hour"...

That hypnotherapy is the use of "hypnosis" in a therapeutic way...

But what actually is hypnosis?

This book helps to continue the "search" for a definitive answer because even the experts can't agree on a definition...

It's a bit like attempting to define addiction - everyone intuitively knows addiction exists - and that's about as far as the consensus reaches...

The handbook of hypnotic suggestions and metaphors is a very large book - over 600 pages and 100 contributors from the world of clinical hypnotherapy - which differs a little from the "average lay hypnotist" as this is Doctors, Dentists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers etc who use hypnosis as part of their job...

I actually reckon all language is hypnotic and some people are more skilled at suggestion and persuasion than others - ever bought something you didn't even "know" you needed until you went shopping...

Anyway, I am a psychotherapist / weight loss specialist / addiction specialist and a few other things and have been studying and using hypnosis for about 10 years and this is a very helpful book for many reasons...

Firstly, if you disregard the "need to be a Dr / Ph.D" etc and "a clinical practitioner already" and read the introduction - then just read the book at whatever part interests you and see what happens.

This is a reference book that is meant to enhance your knowledge and confidence in using hypnotic language to help people "get better" and one of the downsides of "professionalism" is there is more than one way to get better and sometimes "orthodox" doesn't work.

It makes me laugh that "unorthodox medicine" should only be practiced by orthodox Doctors...

Anyway, this is a serious bit of kit if you're into using words to help people get better and has a very good chapter on pain management that is especially useful.

Obviously some of the book is only useful if you are a certain type of medical specialist - chapter 4 for example - Hypnoanesthesia and Preparation for Surgery isn't much use unless you're a surgeon or an anaesthetist.

Also the section regarding working with cancer patients is more about controlling the side effects of chemotherapy - rather than the goal of spontaneous remission - and again this reflects the authors model of the world and the legality of actually "curing someone"...

It is an "official book" of the ASCH (American Society of Clinical Hypnosis) and to be fair - their membership criteria is Doctors, Dentists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists with a Ph.D so the book is aimed at this type of professional and will sit well on a shelf in the office.

It will also be really helpful for anyone who is interested in using more hypnosis in their work. It also great for creating client handouts or course notes because the sheer amount of contributors adds credibility to the printed material.

Hypnosis can also be used via handouts and one of the things I have done for many years is explain the scripted material I have created and the rationale behind it...

Anyway, it's also great to use like a thesaurus and "pick out" certain language patterns and also look for similar use of language patterns from different contributors or to pass away half an hour between clients...

Well worth buying and adding to your collection - assuming you have a collection - if not then, may I suggest that this will enhance your hypnotic reportoire and be a fantastic start to a lifetime of collecting helpful books...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for reference, 9 Aug 2007
This review is from: Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors (Hardcover)
A good reference book - `expensive' however, it is invaluable to any hypnotherapy clinician; I use it constantly (along with other noted titles) and find it has a section on just about everything. Some may say that it is dated; however I consider this very useful reference material which has proved personally to be a good investment.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the bookshelf, 20 Feb 2005
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S. Stiles "sshypno" (UK) - See all my reviews
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A friend lent me this book and if I hadn't bought my own copy she wouldn't have got it back. It contains techniques from people with different approaches and you're bound to find some great ideas in it for dealing with numerous situations. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove even for laypeople, 25 Oct 2007
This review is from: Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors (Hardcover)
It isn't necessary to be a clinician to benefit from this book. Some of the suggestions are written for self-hypnosis and the rest seem to adapt trivially for use for self-hypnosis. Taping selected suggestions will help but if you study the long suggestions and got the gist of them, you can probably memorize enough to be useful. Reading thru these suggestions seems to provide a great sense of what effective hypnosis is really about.

Self-hypnosis isn't taught in this book, but there are many inexpensive books that do teach it. I learned from Chapter 4 from Leslie LeCron's "Self-Hypnotism: The Technique and Its Use In Daily Living". Some people say hypnosis is a hoax and I don't have any experience to say whether advanced practices can work like using hypnotism to prepare for surgery. But if you consider inducing self-hypnosis to just be going into a quiet, "inwardly-focused" state and doing suggestions as just a form of self-talk, then it's certainly doable. The question remains whether it helps. I've found that my self-improvement efforts usually take a long time (months or years) to establish better habits, during which I review lists of goals often and also use suggestions during self-hypnosis (e.g. quiet self-talk). I very slowly see some improvement and I enjoy the self-hypnosis, so I've kept at it without being sure it's the self-hypnosis that is leading to the changes. But thinking of it just as talking to myself over and over until I gradually change, it does seem as if that self-talk has some impact.

A subset of this book half or less its size (and half or less of its price) would have been adequate for me as a layperson. Sections like "Preparation for Surgery" or "Hypnosis for Obstetrics" I could do without. But so far I do feel this book is a good value for me. Just for the ego-strengthening material, it will probably take me more than a year to get reasonably acquainted with the appropriate suggestions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mine of Information, 24 Sep 2007
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Ms. L. Carol "Lesley Carol" (North Shields, Tyne & Wear United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors (Hardcover)
As a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, I've had this book since 1993, and use it more than the rest of my library put together. An excellent resource for practicing therapists, with clear scripts and guidance on just about every issue you will ever be presented with. Pricey, but worth every penny!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors, 9 July 2011
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What a fabulous mine of information. Newly qualified and still floundering a little, this brilliant reference book is so helpful in so many ways. I have lesser books which do not contain a fraction of the information in here. If, like me, the price is making you dither a little, I can only say this was worth every penny!! If you only ever buy one book, this is it.
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